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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 15, 2006

Visiting Scholar To Study Health Care Quality Improvement

Jeong-Hae Hwang, Ph.D., will spend the next 10 months as a visiting scholar, co-hosted by the Nursing Services and Patient Care Department at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and the Systems and Practice Area of Study in the UI College of Nursing.

Linda Q. Everett, Ph.D., associate director and chief nursing officer at UI Hospitals and Clinics and adjunct professor and associate dean for clinical practice, will serve as Hwang's faculty mentor.

A native resident of Seoul, South Korea, Hwang's background is in public health policy research. Hwang is a Fulbright scholar who said her collaboration with professors and researchers at the UI will be extremely valuable to her work as a senior researcher on the health care quality research team in Seoul's Health Insurance Review Agency.

She intends for her research to be used for the establishment of a solid methodology for developing quality indicators and an evaluation program in South Korea. Hwang is especially interested in exploring policy options for rewarding hospitals for the highest performance in quality care.

In 2004, UI Hospitals and Clinics received the prestigious Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence, the first hospital in the state to earn the distinction. Conferred by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the credentialing arm of the American Nurses Association, the award is granted only to hospitals that meet their stringent requirements to provide positive patient outcomes, recognize excellence in nursing services and reward professional nursing achievement. Only about 100 hospitals in the United States have earned the award.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Nursing, 101 Nursing Building, Iowa City, Iowa 52242

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